Using Bluetooth to tether a laptop from Mac mini

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  1. Darkfire26 macrumors newbie

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    How can I use the bluetooth connections in the mini and macbook pro, already used for file transfer, for internet connection?

    Every google search I do is saturated with using the iPhone to tether - I want to use a perfectly good & new mini to tether the MBP, Santa Rosa, to the internet.

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Sys Prefs->Bluetooth->Advanced...

    tick the box: Share my Internet connection with other Bluetooth devices

    On the laptop, Sys Prefs->Network click on the + at the bottom of the left hand side and add Bluetooth.

    What's wrong with WiFi?
     
  3. Darkfire26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I... need help with settings. And we're broke, with no neighbor-fi to steal from. And three people that want the computer at once.

    The computers are paired and will exchange files.
    When either computer tries "connect to network" is says "Network Unavailable" with troubleshooting about making sure the computers are configured correctly. Guess that's where I'm at.

    In the laptop's network thing, the Bluetooth PAN won't do anything.
    Er...
    Apologies, I'm not experienced with bluetooth or networking, for that matter.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Is the mini connected to the internet via the ethernet cable and a modem?
     
  5. Darkfire26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mini is connected via ethernet, via vonage router, then cox router, then coaxial in the wall.

    The options that come up when it says it can't connect are - range, paired or not, on or not, and bluetooth tethering services are properly set up.

    The Mini's bluetooth is on and discoverable. Sharing has bluetooth and internet sharing on.

    Your turn, thanks for the help.
     
  6. brucem91 macrumors 6502

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    You should use wifi for internet and file sharing, it is so much faster. For wifi sharing to the MBP (I posted this in another thread)

    Open SYSTEM PREFERENCES -> SHARING

    In SHARING, you need to turn on INTERNET SHARING. Once turned on, on the right, you need to set SHARE YOUR CONNECTION FROM:-ETHERNET-, and then in the TO COMPUTERS USING: dialog, check airport. Once done, click the AIRPORT icon on the menu bar, and CREATE NETWORK. It will prompt you to name the network, and give an option for a password. You can leave the default channel alone. Once done, tell your MBP to connect to the wireless network you just made.

    Now for File Sharing, in that same SHARING menu, you need to turn on FILE SHARING. Now for example, you want to access files on the mini from the mbp. Enable sharing on the mini. Then on the MBP, open a finder window, and you should see your mini on the side. Click it, and then in the upper-right of the Finder Window, click CONNECT AS. In the dialog, type in the username and the password for the mini. Now you can access all of the mini's files from the mbp with read and write capability. And you can do the reverse to to access MBP files from the mini.
     
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    Disable internet sharing and the options will un-grey. Once you've set it up, re-enable it.

    EDIT: Since Darkfire edited his post, mine makes no sense. For those coming along later, Darkfire's question was about why the options were greyed out.
     
  10. Darkfire26 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MBP says "no IP address".
    Used to say it had a "Self-assigned IP address"
    Niether worked.

    Help?

    Edit - it 'connects' but no bars of signal. Excuse me?
     
  11. brucem91 macrumors 6502

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    Yea, you should be getting a dark grey triangle with a box inside of it. Which means you are connected. That means you are connected to a ad-hoc network. Try opening safari, it should work.
     

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